Did you know that a 2500 square foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four for a year?1 And that dense lawns typically are void of the many weedy species that often produce allergy-related pollens?2 Researchers have documented these and numerous other advantages of healthy turf and landscapes. For a detailed list of benefits including air purification, temperature modification, water purification, crime reduction/safety, and noise abatement, click here.
11996 Maryland Turfgrass Survey. An Economic Value Study. Institute of Applied Agriculture. University of Maryland, College Park
2Beard, J.B., and R. L. Green. 1994. The role of turfgrass in environmental protection and their benefits to humans. J. Enviorn. Qual. 23:452-460
In another valuable resource, John Heinze, Ph.D. and Executive Director of the Environmental Health Research Foundation, published the report “Benefits of Green Space – Recent Research, April 25, 2011”. Here are his key findings:
- “Healthy, properly maintained green space provides substantial benefits to the environment in terms of Erosion control/water purification, Air purification, Temperature modification/energy and cost saving, Oxygen generation and Carbon sequestration.
- Green space provides substantial benefits to human health in terms of Recreation/Increased physical activity/reduced risk of obesity and Healthcare/Stress reduction.
- This data rebuts the notion that the need for healthy, properly maintained green space is only ornamental or aesthetic.”
For the full report, click here.